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Loose front end on my truck while driving my truck drifts from left to right while steering wheel is still

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Most likely at least one of the tie rod ends is worn.
($15)
Easy to replace... a bugger to remove (sometimes).
When you "unscrew" the tie rod end, count the number of turns you removed it.
When you install the new tie rod end, install it with exactly the same number of turns. (even partial turns).

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With the front end jacked up and the steering unlocked, have somebody turn the wheel left and right and watch as the tie rods (the rods that actually "steer" the wheels) move - there should be no "play" or looseness in either the inner or outer tie rod ends.... the large turnbuckle looking ends on the rods. Most often, it is the outer tie rod ends that go bad, and if it is pulling right on you the one on the right side is most suspect. Also try and hold one wheel at a time still while your buddy steers and see if there is any slop.... there should be ZERO play or slop between the steering wheel and the front wheels.

Bad ball joints can also cause steering problems. With the front still jacked up, grab a wheel and try and shake it up and down, in and out. If you feel it move, replace both the upper and lower balljoints on that wheel (only one set may be bad, but if so, the other is certainly worn!).

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